From unlikely infusions to at-home blending, author and whiskey expert Aaron Goldfarb has accumulated numerous tips and tricks for furthering one’s relationship with the popular tipple. The best of the best appear in Goldfarb’s latest book, “Hacking Whiskey,” in the form of recipes, experiments, advice and tips. As ever-more consumers flock to bourbon, rye, scotch and beyond, Goldfarb’s guidance makes consumption all the more personal—and extra exciting.
“200 Women: Who Will Change The Way You See The World” profiles its subjects by asking them the same five questions: “What really matters to you? What brings you happiness? What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? What would you change if you could? Which single word do you most identify with?” Their answers are indicative of their experiences, but their responses will inspire, empower, and in some instances infuriate—thanks to the structures they (and all women) have to navigate.
Alex Prager’s newest book “Silver Lake Drive” is a collection of cinematic mises-en-scène. The 224-page hardcover serves as a solid summation of her style—strange, beguiling and sometimes unnerving. The collection of images span several stages: from her early “Polyester” series to her striking “Face in the Crowd” collection—which was shot on a Hollywood sound stage.
From Serena Williams to Marlene Dietrich and Virginia Woolf, 60 powerful women provide the inspiration for cocktail recipes in Jennifer Croll’s cocktail book “Free The Tipple.” Including vivid illustrations from NYC-based artist Kelly Shami, the book truly celebrates icons across many disciplines. And Croll does a superb job of tying the drinks’ ingredients back to the inspiration, whether it’s the use of earthly components (like beets) for Marina Abramović or champagne for Coco Chanel.
With a section dedicated to Ren Hang, “Strange Plants III” also features work by 50+ other artists. Published by independent house Zioxla, this 164-page book (like those before it) celebrates plants in art—in weird and wonderful ways. From oil paintings of the foul-smelling corpse flower to a poodle sculpture made from vines, the work within is made for anybody who understands nature is, itself, an artwork.
Graphic novelist Pénélope Bagieu grew up idolizing mostly men, but it was—as she found out—not because there were few women role models for her, but just less visibility. Through plenty of wit, charm and inspiration, Bagieu’s “Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World” shows young people (and those who need a reminder) that there are and were plenty of inspiring women doing brave and significant things all over the world. From Naziq al-Abid to Nellie Bly, Mae Jemison, Josephine Baker and others, these women provide hope and motivation—perhaps at a time we need it most.
From the mind of SF-based artist Brion Nuda Rosch, this second edition of the Fluxus coloring book (based on the art movement of the same name) features 12 new designs for readers to scribble, sketch and color in—or leave as is. The minimal but thoughtful 12-page zine is more or an “anti-coloring book” with lots of white space and just a few abstract shapes scattered throughout. Certainly an activity book for those with creative minds.
From two of the three Beastie Boys themselves—AD-ROCK (Adam Horowitz) and Mike D (Mike Diamond)—comes a wildly comprehensive retrospective on the iconic trio. Telling the tale of how they—of course with the beloved MCA who passed away in 2012—went from teen punk rockers when they formed in 1981 to hip-hop legends (with a few stops via jazz, funk, experimental and more along the way) the “Beastie Boys Book” also features contributions from Amy Poehler, collaborator Spike Jonze, Luc Sante and others. In addition to the memoir components and rare photos, the tome features a graphic novel, a map of Beastie Boys’ New York, cookbook and more. The book is as much of an amalgamation as the band itself.
Famous for his Bar Tartine burger, chef Chris Kronner is somewhat obsessed with perfecting the great American food. Available to pre-order now, Kronner’s debut book “A Burger to Believe In: Recipes and Fundamentals” includes more than just recipes; it also takes a dive into the philosophy, magic and art of the burger. The hardcover is also full of bold designs and colors that avoid the somewhat cliché style that have permeated cookbooks over the past few years.
Possessing more than 2500 of the world’s rarest and most spectacular pigments, The Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at the Harvard Art Museums has an undeniably stunning collection of color. With 200 color illustrations, this special edition of “An Atlas of Rare + Familiar Colour” explores these pigments as artifacts—explaining their origins, compositions, uses and symbolism in a fascinating and visually striking hardback.
At age 17, Stanley Kubrick joined the staff of Look magazine as a photographer. Long before he’d make some of the most important films in cinematic history, he captured thousands of humanist imagery that captured New York City in the mid-1940s. Now, 300 of these images appear in Taschen’s “Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs” and they more than allude to the genius that was soon to unfold. The book’s release coincides with an exhibition of the same name at the Museum of the City of New York, running 3 May through 28 October.
With some 350 images of as many products, this new hardcover explores design in the USSR from 1950 to 1989 in an interesting peek behind the Iron Curtain. From kids’ toys to posters and electronics, these everyday items each have a tinge of kitsch while often being avant-garde at the same time. It’s a remarkable look into not only everyday life in the USSR at the time, but also the Moscow Design Museum’s collection.
Edited by Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer, the lush PHAIDON tome “Art and Queer Culture” is a comprehensive exploration of 125 years worth of everything from fine painting to scrapbooks and activist posters. With queer culture its central focus, the art within spans themes pertaining to gender, identity, eroticism, pornography and so much more. Including 290 images, several essays, and numerous documents, this book is a fascinating look at a very significant and ever-evolving culture.
Author of the excellent essay collection “The Empathy Exams,” Leslie Jamison has written a book that’s part memoir, part literary criticism and part cultural history study in “The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath” (out next week, but available for pre-order now). The story proves that our understanding of addiction is narrow, and that the road to recovery can be as tumultuous (if not more) than the dramatic throes of addiction itself.
Onigiri artist Yujia Hu makes wildly detailed sneaker-shaped sushi from iconic designs like Air Jordans, Chuck Taylors, Stan Smiths and more. First creating the little treasures in his family’s restaurant Sakana Sushi in Milan, Hu is now sharing all his tricks and tips to make sneaker sushi at home. These recipes and techniques are outlined in Shoeshi, the artist’s debut book. Price is in British Pounds.
Available for pre-order now (but shipping 2 April), Snarkitecture’s first book promises to be inspiring and beguiling. This 256-page hardcover includes 400 illustrations showcasing 70+ works from the New York-based studio. Founded in 2008 by artist Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen, Snarkitecture has been responsible for some of the most charming and immersive projects and their self-titled book will surely uncover some hidden treasures.
Made up of 50+ portraits of children (young and old) brought up by LGBTQ parents in the United States, “The Kids” is a beautiful exploration of humans and love. Photographed by Gabriela Herman, each of the people profiled thoughtfully describe their experience with their parents. These personal stories touch upon the serious, the humorous and everything between. The through-line is that every story is their own—and not that of a politician or author without personal experience. Each photo is tender and, like the people in the book, entirely unique.
Sylvia Plath’s second book of poetry “Ariel” (famously edited and rearranged by her husband Ted Hughes) was published two years after her death. In “My Ariel,” Canadian writer Sina Queyras explores and reworks Plath’s poems with unabashed humor and dynamism. Backed up by plenty of research on Plath and her texts, the contemporary poems pay homage but are truly the works of Queyras.
From her Vogue column to her VICELAND TV series, Karley Sciortino has sought to reclaim the word “slut” in an open, exploratory and inclusive way. With “Slutever: Dispatches from a Sexually Autonomous Woman in a Post-Shame World,” Sciortino combines elements of memoir with a manifesto for embracing sexual satisfaction. It’s informative and, as with all of Sciortino’s work, it also happens to be wildly funny.
Some 20 years in the making, this lovely book of Marilyn Monroe portraits contains many never-seen-before shots—thanks to Joshua Greene meticulously restoring and preserving the photos taken by his father, photographer Milton H. Greene, who was a business partner and personal friend of Monroe. More than just a study of a celebrity, the 250+ images explore a close bond and friendship. Further, it displays a son’s passion for restoring his father’s work.
With a career that spanned 50+ years, Ward Bennett’s eye for elegance and minimal style was (and remains) undeniable. Known as a designer and artist who helped define an era, Bennett worked with clients including Sasaki, Japan, Chase, David Rockefeller, Tiffany & Co, and more—creating everything from furniture to flatware, jewelry to textiles. This lovely hardcover book explores his work across 280 pages and 300 illustrations—some of which have never been published.
“We will organize wines according to the sensations they create in our very depths, beyond the limits of the soma, far into the infinite reaches of our soul,” states the manifesto for a guide like no other. While Dalí only contributed some 140 illustrations and no text, his concept for the book “The Wines of Gala” is executed successfully: encouraging readers to approach wine personally and emotionally and to think for themselves (rather than depending on a point system or other wine critics)—to ultimately reach “bacchic enlightenment.”
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The 1920s and ’30s were a period unlike any other in the Soviet Union—especially if you were a Russian artist making posters for the film. This collection of 250 posters shows radical experiments in graphic design, just before the rise of Stalinism (and the resulting crackdown on creativity). The text is in English, French and German; but the startling images that play with perspective, proportion, motion, color and typography need little translation.